Smoove Cherry Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company
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1.43/5 rDev -48.9%
Bottle 1058 of 2028, only brewed once in 2008. Somehow there are still bottles of this left on the shelf in Helena....had to pick it up, even though I recalled seeing some pretty mediocre reviews for it.
Appearance: It pours out and looks very nice. It's a deep, slightly hazy ruby red color with almost 3 fingers of pillowy off-white head. It reduces fairly quickly but a nice amount of lacing remains, aided by ample carbonation.
Smell: Weird. Lots of sugar and oxidized cherry scents. Perhaps a bit of vanilla, and a funk of some sort that doesn't seem like it would/should have been intended. Here's to hoping the taste is a bit better.
Taste: Extreme oxidized cherries, borderline rotten. Also vanilla and a ton of sugar. Cloying. Again that funk that seems to accentuate the rottenness. Wow, it's bad. Age most certainly did not do good things for this.
Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is pretty decent actually. Between light and medium bodied with a reasonable amount of carbonation. Overall? Comes close to undrinkable. I finished just enough to finish the review. I can see how this beer may have been slightly better fresh, but it is to be avoided like the plague at this point. Simply awful. Big Sky strikes again.
04-05-2011 03:04:03 | More by zhanson88
1.83/5 rDev -34.6%
08 batch 1369/2028
I'm all for fruit beers and regularly enjoy them if they have something interesting to offer...sadly this one doesn't
A-Dark Amber with a hint of Red that would imply the cherries inside. Head was large and foamy and dissipated slowly into a rocky and non uniform foam.
S-Light astringency, dark fruits, light chreey scent but not overwhelming, touch of vinegar.
T- Follows the nose. a prune/sour fig taste that hints that the cherries were fermented and not infused.
02-06-2010 00:00:38 | More by BoredByThis
1.95/5 rDev -30.4%
750ml bottle poured into my Narke glass. 2008 batch, bottle # 1389 of 2028...Pours a dark blood red, borders on a brown. A big spongey tan/pink head good retention and lacing...The aroma is super weird, it smells like vanilla cake with cherry frosting, and as good as that sounds, just doesn't really work for a beer...The taste is borderline horrendous and its really sneaky. It starts off ok light cherries and sugar on the front, then you are bombarded with rotten cherries and carbonation that attacks your senses. 4 sips to tick this is all I can manager.
This is really bad and should be avoided!!!! Do not even tick it.
01-09-2011 23:20:13 | More by jrallen34
2.15/5 rDev -23.2%
750 ml from BevMo, Scottsdale. Pours a hazy dark pink with a two-finger lighter pink head. the head dissipated very quickly. The aroma was different. Sweeter, marischino cherry nose. A bit of cider as well. The taste, well, it was not good. It was identical to cherry Nyquil, except Nyquil is not at watery. Heavy ethyl alcohol and chemical flavors with the nasty cherry-Slurpee flavor was jsut bad. I only made it about halfway through my first pint before I dumped it and the bottle down the drain. Avoid.
12-31-2008 16:58:42 | More by magictrokini
2.2/5 rDev -21.4%
So, at first I was really excited because I LOVE cherry. LOVE CHERRY. The color looked artificial, but so do the Lindeman's colors so I didn't worry about it. It was SUPER fizzy,with a pale pink head, reminded me of an out of control head I saw on a bottle of Malheur Brut. It just kept going until we'd poured about half of it out. It smelled like cherry, and it was still chilly, but when I tasted it I was like "Nope". It tastes artificial and it makes my tongue kind of numb, like chloreseptic (sp?) spray. When it warms up the nose gets better, with some spices on it, but I felt pretty left down. I didn't even really want to finish it. I wouldn't recommend it unless you get a stiffy for cough syrup flavors.
11-10-2009 04:02:30 | More by Sechavar
2.25/5 rDev -19.6%
750ml bottle. Pours a light reddish-amber with a thin fizzy head that quickly diminishes to a tiny collar then disappears completely.
The aroma is off vegetal malts, cherries and sharp rubbing alcohol.
The flavor is sweet cherries and sharp tarry bitter alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery with very low but sharp carbonation.
Overall, it's a bit of a mess. Way too much sharp alcohol.
02-27-2008 05:55:31 | More by Beaver13
2.35/5 rDev -16.1%
750mL bottle from a sacramento bevmo. Pours a pink tinged brown with a fizzy white head that falls off fairly quickly. Nose is full of ethanol, fusel alcohol, hint of fake smelling cherry. Flavor has a quick fusel alcohol punch lined with sweet malt and an odd fermented cherry taste that doesn't quite work. Medium to full bodied, somewhat syrupy. Its drinkable, but not delicious. Wouldn't buy this again.
03-01-2009 01:00:32 | More by aforbes10
2.53/5 rDev -9.6%
Pours great - nice large off-white head that laces well as you drink the ale.
Nose is actually rather unpleasant with a fruit-veggie mixture that doesn't overflow with cherry. Don't think Lindeman's kriek when you buy this cherry ale.
On the palate this beer is mildly cherried, somewhat creamy and medium bodied, and has a faint resemblance to those Ludens cough drops. An unpleasant sour exists as well, and normally I love sour ales.
06-12-2009 05:22:14 | More by yemenmocha
2.63/5 rDev -6.1%
750ml bottle, vintage 2008.
Pours hazy burgundy with a ruby hue in the light. A pinkish-tan head persisted throughout the glass with smeary lacing.
Aromatics are laced with dusty malt, cherry cough syrup, and wet paper. Lacking complexity or a desirable cherry quality.
Medium bodied with a creamy, tacky mouthfeel.
Stale malt akin to extract, wet cardboard, and cherry flavoring lead off the palate. A neutral yeast is apparent and some sweetness follows through.
Finishes with a lingering, stale malt character and cherry cough syrup.
Tasting much like a poorly made, oxidized cherry homebrew. Yikes.
11-26-2010 01:31:59 | More by brewandbbq
2.68/5 rDev -4.3%
Beer poured amber with light head. A friend said he thought it was hot and it was over 10% alcohol but I didn't think it was too hot. It was a little young to my palate. I bought a bottle to cellar. I'll give it a proper rating after it's aged because in all fairness this beer should be aged.
03-16-2010 17:24:34 | More by UtahJonnyMontana
2.78/5 rDev -0.7%
Bottle from the free table at Woodshop 5.0. Pours amber with a thin white head. Aromas of mealy mushy cherries, cherry pits, medicine. Flavor is bordering on artificial cherry with some caramel and too much booziness. Thick, hot, fizzy, not particularly good.
02-23-2010 10:23:55 | More by illidurit
2.8/5 rDev 0%
A- Cherry red color, pinkish white head.
S- A rich malt base with cherries and alcohol.
T- Quite rich tasting, not the valentine beer as advertised on the label. Strong alcohol and bitter cherry taste.
M- Had a lot of carbonation, which didn't help at all. Kind of thin body.
D- Not good. Alcohol hangs around too long.
09-16-2009 15:21:44 | More by brownbeer
2.83/5 rDev +1.1%
Picked this guy up randomly at a Sacramento BevMo. Actually visited this brewery last summer. Cool place.
A- Hard not to notice the soda like huge foamy head right off the bat. Many large bubbled streamers... very active. Streamers maintain a thin white cap. Color is a hazy caramel amber.
S- Sugary, with a light touch of cherry. A little bit of alcohol. Light yeasty and phenols.
T- Caramel sweetness up front, with a noticeable etoh heat early on. Light banana yeastiness. I don,t really appreciate any cherry flavor.
M- Between the etoh heat that comes on early and works its way down to the chest and the sharp carbonation....don't love it.
D- I was hoping this would be better than it is. Not really feeling this one.
08-15-2008 02:31:27 | More by m1ked
2.9/5 rDev +3.6%
Bottle number 529/2028.
Pours cloudy with a reddish pink hue. Head is large and fluffy pink.
Aromas of sweet cherries and malt. Not sure what the base beer is.
First sip is a little medicinal. Not harsh, but not very pleasing. If you broke this out for Valentines Day, you'd be alone by the end of the night. Not sure what's going on here.
Mouthfeel is a little tart, puckering, but more on the bitter side than tart fruit side.
Drinkability - I appreciate the opportunity to try it, but don't think I'll be coming back for more. More of a one night stand than a long term relationship.
12-22-2009 01:25:13 | More by JamnesCameron
2.93/5 rDev +4.6%
02/19/09- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.
Presentation- 750ml bottle wrapped in red foil with a festive Valentines-like label on the bottle. Didn't see a freshness date, but I know it's a 2008 release. Poured into my Big Sky Strong Cherry Ale glass.
Appearance- Watered down pinkish-red colored pour. Carbonation produces a 1/2 inch head which hangs around for a few minutes and then disipates. Leaves come light traces of lace behind.
Smell- Funky rotted cherry nose. Certainly not fresh and rather stinky. It cleans up a bit after it has a chance to breathe, but still not a fine example of fresh and vibrant cherries.
Taste- Wine cooler like flavor of cherries. Not really candied or fresh fruit, just a processed flavor. Lots of yeast flavor and some sugary notes as well.
Mouthfeel- Seltzer-like carbonation. Prickly and sharp. Light sugary cherry aftertaste.
Drinkability- Not one of the better outputs from Big Sky. Wouldn't waste my time on this one. Drinkable, but not a go to beer.
02-22-2009 00:02:44 | More by GClarkage
3.23/5 rDev +15.4%
Pours a somewhat rusty ruby and burnt sienna with no head or bubbling :(. Maybe a little sediment visible when this richly colored beer is held to the light. The color is the ONLY good thing about the appearance.
Maybe some wet, toasted bread, and some mostly cherry and a little apple juice. Pretty subtle aromas all around though.
The taste is a little redeeming. Water thi palate upfront with watered down cherry juice and white bread. But the mddle warms and enlivens up just a little bit. But the finish is a smoove, and luscious cherry warmed by the abv.%.
This beerwas an OK sipper that I shared with my girlfriend. It wasn't bad, but I won't buy again.
This beer fell short in a lot of categories for me.
03-13-2010 19:06:16 | More by scruffwhor
3.3/5 rDev +17.9%
Got this upon visiting Missoula, sampled their wares and then bought this with other trinkets. Pours very light in color, with a definate cherry aroma. Sharp alcohol bite that later warms. Not a great session drinker by any means, however it is a good choice to share with that special someone. The cherry flavor is almost too much even for a fruit beer, maybe they could back off a bit on the cherries in the secondary fermentation. After the bottle you will have a headache, mostly from the very phenolic nature of this brew, however given a year or two of aging, this would smoot out exceptionally. I am definately going to cellar a few bottles and see how they fare as vintage.
03-03-2008 06:16:12 | More by youradhere
3.43/5 rDev +22.5%
Reddish tint to the brown-orange ale, white foamy head jumps up quickly but recedes to naught but a collar of lacing. Streaming small bubbles and what I assume are small flakes of cherry floating about.
The nose is strongly redolent of sweet fruit, obviously cherry. Quite boozy, with some sugary sweetness.
The flavor hits hard with the alcohol initially, with plenty of caramel sweetness. Some phenols are noted as well. Cherry is present, but really these are just soaked, for a long time, in booze.
For a beer with less than 9%, the alcohol is way too evident. It's interesting and unusual, but a little over the top.
11-10-2008 04:38:26 | More by BretSikkink
Smoove Cherry Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.